Zachariasen Memorial Lectures

These lectures are annually given by outstanding alumni of the Department of Physics at the University of Chicago, in honor of William Zachariasen. Zachariasen is well known for his remarkable work on X-ray Diffraction in Crystals, but he was also an outstanding teacher. From 1945 to 1950 and again from 1955 to 1959, Zachariasen was the chair of the Physics department. His influence and effectiveness as department chair has positively affected many lives. He brought many distinguished physicists to Chicago, including Enrico Fermi, Ed Teller, Robert Christy, Walter Zinn, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, and Gregor Wentzel. Among those who earned PhDs at Chicago between 1945 and 1950 there were five who won Nobel prizes later in their careers.


April 16, 2020
Gary Horowitz, University of California Santa Barbara
"Title TBA"

June 6, 2019
David Saltzberg, University of California Los Angeles
"How did Amy and Sheldon win their Nobel Prize?"

April 5, 2018
Michael Brenner, Harvard University
“The quest to observe the Turbulent Cascade in real time”

May 18, 2017
Joseph Incandela, University of California Santa Barbara
“From the Higgs to dark matter: the search for the underlying code of our universe”

March 31, 2016
Charles L. Kane, University of Pennsylvania
“Symmetry, topology and electronic phases of matter”

April 30, 2015
John B. Goodenough, University of Texas
“Mott-Hubbard Transition in Ruthenium Perovskites”

February 27, 2014
Deborah Jin, University of Colorado
“Ultracold Polar Molecules”

November 15, 2012
Savas Dimopoulos, Stanford University
“What has the Large Hadron Collider done to Theory?”

November 3, 2011
Marc A. Kastner, MIT
“The Kondo Effect in a Single Electron Transistor”

October 28, 2010
George E. Smith, Bell Labs, Nobel Laureat
“The Invention and Early History of the CCD”

October 29, 2009
John Mace Grunsfeld, NASA/Johnson Space Center
“On the fly: A Hubble Story"

January 22, 2009
Edward C. Stone, California Institute of Technology
“Voyager’s Journey to Interstellar Space”

November 15, 2007
Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard
“Magnetic Moment and the Fine Structure Constant”

March 29, 2007
Marvin L. Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
“The World Year of Physics, Einstein, Nanoscience, and Superconductivity”

January 19, 2006
Frank Wilczek, MIT
"The Universe is a Strange Place"

February 26, 2004
James W. Cronin, University of Chicago
"Fermi Remembered"

October 24, 2002
Daniel C. Tsui, Princeton University
“More is indeed different: an example of novel physics from semiconductor electronics"

October 25, 2001
Yoichiro Nambu, University of Chicago
"The Formative Years of Particle Physics"

November 16, 2000
Alvin Weinberg, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
“Does Nuclear Energy Have a Future?”

October 28, 1999
Lincoln Wolfenstein, Carnegie Mellon University
“Fermi’s Little Neutron, the Neutrino, 65 Years Later”

October 22, 1998
Jerome I. Friedman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“New Horizons in Particle Physics”

November 13, 1997
Marvin L. Goldberger, University of California at San Diego
“The Chicago Atom Bomb Project and Its Legacy”

March 6, 1997
Richard L. Garwin, IBM Watson Research Center
“Adventures of a Physicist in National Security Technology and Policy”

November 9, 1995
T. D. Lee, Columbia University
“Symmetry and Asymmetry”

October 27, 1994
Marshall Rosenbluth, University of California at San Diego
“Physics Issues for Fusion”

November 11, 1993
Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Fullerenes, Tubules and Their Unique Properties”

October 29, 1992
C. N. Yang, SUNY at Stony Brook
“Carbon 60”

October 10, 1991
Jack Steinberger, CERN
“Status of the Standard Model”